Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will host the organization's annual state habitat meeting next Saturday, Feb, 2 at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita. The daylong event is designed for landowners, conservationists and hunters interested in improving wildlife habitat. This event will also celebrate the results of the Kansas Grassroots Conservation Campaign, which generated over $10 million for Kansas' wildlife and the future of upland hunting in Kansas.
The habitat heavy event runs 8AM-3:30PM and will feature over 15 seminars throughout the day focusing on techniques for increasing and improving wildlife habitat in Kansas. Representatives from Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative, and Kansas State University are slated to present on landscape challenges and successes in the state. In addition, Howard K. Vincent, President and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, is scheduled to discuss the future of upland habitat both in Kansas and nationwide.
"We have put together a great agenda for the 2013 State Habitat Meeting. The event will focus on upland habitat improvement and management techniques, new strategic statewide habitat initiatives, Pheasants Forever youth efforts and how we can help landowners create the best possible wildlife habitat," says Marc Glades, Pheasants Forever Eastern Kansas regional representative. "This is a great place to learn new ideas on youth programs, and hear about new opportunities to further statewide upland partnership efforts."
Featured wildlife habitat presentations include: Dealing with Drought, Tyson Seirer of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever; Grassroots Campaign Results, Jordan Martincich; Quail Initiative Update, Jim Pitman of KDWPT; Introduction to the Pheasant Initiative, Dave Dahlgren of KDWPT; Youth Events in Your Chapter, Rose Corby of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever; and Predator Management, Kansas State University Wildlife Specialist Charlie Lee.
All sessions at the Great Plains Nature Center are open to the public for a full-day price of $25 (includes breakfast, beverages, presentations and a BBQ lunch.) Rooms at the Courtyard Wichita East are being held at a special rate for Pheasants Forever at $86 per room. Guests arriving Friday, February 1 will have an opportunity for a meet and greet reception 6:30-9:30pm at Jersey's Grill and Bar.
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 720 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.